I came across a baby robin on a country lane and it had a broken feather. It wasn't a blood feather I think as the shaft was white but saying that I only know about blood feathers from googling after. I removed the broken feather from the robin and not sure if this was the right thing to do. On the spur of the moment and without reference it was a judgement call but for future reference would like to know if I should just have left it.
Thanks, I don't mind being told I did the wrong thing, that's why I posted so I know not to do it again. Like I say I had no idea or reference so acted upon judgement and if it was poor judgement then best to be told. It did fly or rather scuttle around at ground level with wings flapping.
Bob S, Robbo,
Opinion is obviously split on questions like this; from the little time I've spent on these forums, Robbo's answer isn't a surprise and he's very up front about his views, which is---I think---helpful.
Birds 'make' loads of young birds because loads of young birds die. People were doing the same thing not so long ago.
On the other hand, yesterday morning I spent another five hours volunteering in a wildlife rehab. centre, and they have a ca. 49 percent release rate. This doesn't mean that all the animals release survive and prosper, but it could mean that even a very poor start to life doesn't need to be the end. I'm aware, for example, of a centre (continental Europe) that successfully overwinters swallows and martins.
Many times over the years I've been told, when attempting to help individual animals and birds in difficulty, 'That's nature'. My answer has become: 'And what are you, and I? We're nature too, no?' So sometimes an animal or bird will come across a Bob S, and that's a stroke of luck... perhaps.
I'd say that the real question here (or the one I'd be interested in getting an answer to, at least) is not 'Should I', but 'Did I do anything wrong?' As long as intervening doesn't harm the individual (in this case a Robin) in question, each to his own world view, I would say.
Anyone know if removing the feather could/would harm the bird? (And anyone know anything about 'blood feathers' (a new one for me)?).
All the best -
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